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About me

I'm a transactional music attorney.  My background (before law) was focussed on music - Bachelor of Music degree earned from Berklee College of Music in Boston. In my current role as a music attorney, I enjoy assisting my clients as they get their business and legal matters in order, to understand and protect their intellectual property rights, to create appropriate contracts or advise / negotiate contract offers.


Practice areas


  1. Licensing: 33%
    12 years, 300 cases
  2. Contracts: 33%
    12 years, 300 cases
  3. Entertainment: 33%
    12 years, 300 cases
  4. Copyright Application: 1%
    12 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Daniel Crocker

    Valerie is any musician's dream to have as their counsel. I mean, you can't do much better than to have someone who is a musician herself, that teaches artists at Berklee, and that runs a firm focused on working with artists. She gets it on every level, and she is a great advocate for her clients.


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Contact info

Music Law Firm

PO Box 219
Merrimac, MA, 01860


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Edward T. Gignoux Award for Appellate AdvocacyMaine Law2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of New Hampshire School of Law2014 - Present
Assistant Professor - Music BusinessBerklee College of Music2009 - Present
Course Author / FacilitatorBerkleemusic.com2007 - Present
Owner & AttorneyMusic Law Firm2004 - Present
Adjunct Professor - IPSIUniversity of New Hampshire School of Law2010 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of MassachusettsFaculty2008 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember2004 - 2006
American Bar AssociationMember2000 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
ContractsFair deals for all parties
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Music and Sound RetailerContracts for the Small Business Owner2007
MusicLawInfo.comThe Band is the Team2007
MusicLawInfo.comChoosing a Name2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maine School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Berklee College of MusicN/AOther - Bachelors1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Musician's Professional ToolboxContracts and Negotiations 1012014
Harvard Law School (RAP)Music Law (Training Session)2014
Musician's Professional ToolboxSuccessful Contract Negotiations2013
Harvard Law School (RAP)Music Law (training session)2013
Geek Out with Valerie LovelyCopyright for Belly Dancers2013
Business of MusicRecord Deals2013
Musicians' Professional ToolboxCopyright in the Digital Age2012
Musician's Professional ToolboxNegotiation and Contracts2012
Harvard Law School (RAP)Music Law (training session)2012
Harvard Law School (RAP)Music Law (training session)2011
Entertainment Law SocietyCopyright Registration Workshop2011
ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and Music RightsMusic Licensing2011
Music for Film ExpoLegal Resources for Composers and Filmmakers2010
Harvard Law School (RAP)Music Law (training session)2010
Business of MusicRecord Deals2009
Business of MusicRecord Deals2008
Blacksun FestivalFuture Media2007
Music Business Management DepartmentMusic Business Entrepreneurs2006
Massachusetts Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionRepresenting Artists & Entertainers: Day in the Life of a Practitioner2006